The 2016 MLS SuperDraft kicks off today at 1 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific. Barring a last-minute trade, New York City FC only has one pick in this year's draft -- the fourth pick.
In SB Nation's MLS Mock Draft, I projected that the Blues would select North Carolina senior Jonathan Campbell with that choice. Campbell's a solid choice, but he didn't have a good performance at the MLS Combine. Because of that, his stock has fallen. So, if not Campbell, then whom?
Omar Holness, RW/F, North Carolina - A versatile attacker, Campbell's teammate could line up at right wing and can even play midfield. If Patrick Vieira is set on a 4-3-3 for New York City, Holness could be a smart pickup. However, the Blues are already packed in the midfield and forward.
Richie Laryea, CM, Akron - Laryea is another multi-positional player. He excels at breaking down defenses, which New York City had lots of difficulty with last season, and he adds creativity in the midfield. But if he's playing, who sits?
Keegan Rosenberry, RB, Georgetown - Rosenberry has had every bit the impressive Combine performance that Campbell hasn't had. The Blues need every bit of help they can get on defense. Even though they've got Andoni Iraola and RJ Allen there, Rosenberry provides needed depth at that position.
Jordan McCrary, RB/LB, North Carolina - Another of Campbell's teammates could be the answer for New York City. McCrary can play either fullback position, which makes him ideal for the Blues from a depth perspective.
Regardless of which way they go, it's clear that with the 2016 season less than two months away, and the preseason beginning next week, New York City need to get going in rebuilding their squad. The Blues are still waiting on signing defenders Rónald Matarrita of Alajuelense and Jorge Teixeira of Standard Liege. That said: the MLS primary transfer window doesn't open until mid-February, so that's when I'd expect the bulk of the club's signings to take place.
|Pick||Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Chicago Fire||Columbus Crew SC (from Chicago via Orlando)|
|2||Colorado Rapids||Colorado Rapids|
|3||Philadelphia Union||Philadelphia Union|
|4||New York City FC||Montreal Impact (from NYC FC)|
|5||Real Salt Lake||Real Salt Lake|
|6||Philadelphia Union (from Houston Dynamo)||Philadelphia Union (from Houston Dynamo)|
|7||Orlando City SC||Seattle Sounders (from Orlando via Philadelphia & Toronto)|
|8||San Jose Earthquakes||San Jose Earthquakes|
|9||Toronto FC||Vancouver Whitecaps (from Toronto)|
|10||New England Revolution||New England Revolution|
|11||Sporting Kansas City||Columbus Crew SC (from Sporting KC)|
|12||LA Galaxy||Orlando City SC (from LA Galaxy)|
|13||D.C. United||Chicago Fire (from D.C. United)|
|14||Montreal Impact||Montreal Impact|
|15||Seattle Sounders||Seattle Sounders|
|16||Vancouver Whitecaps||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|17||FC Dallas||FC Dallas|
|18||New York Red Bulls||New York Red Bulls|
|19||Columbus Crew SC||Montreal Impact (from Columbus)|
|20||Portland TImbers||Portland TImbers|
|21||N/A||Columbus Crew SC (from Chivas USA) *|
* The pick acquired from Chivas USA before the team folded. That pick was added to the end of the 2nd round.